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Senior Athlete Spotlight

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The Mineola Athletic Department is shining a spotlight on some of its senior athletes who have exceled in a fall sport. With playoffs around the corner, we would like to highlight the following students for their accomplishments and efforts this season:

Joe Cerrato
Joe Cerrato is an outstanding senior member of the varsity boys soccer team. As a Varsity team captain and returning All-County player, Joe has led the Mustangs to another impressive season so far. In his third year as a Varsity player, Joe has progressed from All-Conference in his sophomore year, to All-County as a junior, to being one of the top 100 players on Long Island this year as a Senior. Joe is setting his sights on a county championship run with the team this year. He states that the best part of being a Mineola athlete is the “love and support that you get from the people in school and the feeling of family that you share with your teammates”.

Joe is interested in attending and playing Soccer at LIU Post next year. He has interest in entering the field of treatment and prevention of injuries in job areas such as athletic training or physical therapy. His work ethic on and off the field, proven by his 89 overall academic average will serve him well in the future. For now, he is set to make some more great memories in his senior year.

Daniella Speranza
Our senior volleyball spotlight shines brightly on our outstanding outside hitter, Daniella Speranza. Daniella is a highly decorated four-year varsity volleyball player. As a sophomore, Daniella was named honorable mention All-County and as a junior, was named an All-County player. This year as a senior, she made the top 50 list for volleyball players in Long Island. During last year’s playoff run she was named to the All-Tournament team.

When Daniella speaks about her experience on the team, she says over the years it has become like more of a family. She says that the girls have the will to win and says the season is the best part of the school year. Daniella’s goals this year are team goals – to make it to the County Championship and win it!

In addition to being a part of the team Daniella is very busy in all aspects of the school community. She is a member of Athletes Helping Athletes, Honor Society, co-president of the Art Honor Society and is the senior class treasurer. Daniella is a role model and an outstanding member of our Mineola athletic community.

Daniella has not pinpointed a college as of yet, but she does know that she wants to continue playing volleyball and may want to major in an area of study related to Education. Her experience as a physical education leader has raised her interest in physical education as a possible major. We look forward to her reaching her goals and enjoying her senior year.

Max Von Massenbach
Just a warning to all visiting players at Hampton Stadium… number 71, Max Von Massenbach, will be clearing room for the Mustangs running attack ! Max has been a dedicated member of the Mineola varsity football team. As a three-year varsity player, Max has held down the left tackle and defensive tackle positions for the Mustangs. His success in the fitness center and football field has led him to aspire to play college football. Max has plans to visit several local colleges in the area and is interested in becoming either a social studies or physical education teacher.

Max states that he “enjoyed the football program at Mineola and felt that he was lucky to experience the coaching styles of Former varsity football Coach Dan Guido and current coach Mr. Wienclaw.” He enjoys the off-season workouts that Coach Wienclaw has offered and feels the additional time that the team spends together makes them a closer unit.

Max has personal goals of achieving a post season award as a lineman in football and to work toward wrestling for a county championship in the heavyweight class. He will finish his year off in the spring as a part of the track program where he will throw the shot and disc. Max is one of our most respectful and dependable student athletes. As a program and athletic community, we will enjoy seeing him reach his goals this year.

Mia Wosnofski
Senior Mia Wosnofski stands in the Senior spotlight as a four-year member of our varsity girls soccer team. As a junior All-County award winner, Mia has set her sights on team goals. She sees her team advancing in this year’s Nassau County playoffs after a conference championship run. Mia says that the team is like family and this year they are determined to get past the first round of the playoffs.

In addition to standing out on the soccer field, Mia stands out in school as a student athlete and member of Athletes Helping Athletes. She enjoys talking to younger student athletes in the district about sports and how important they are. She says, “they teach you much more than just how to play the game.”

Mia is considering several colleges where she can attend and play soccer. Among them are the University of Tampa, Wingate University and Eckerd College. She is interested in studying sport medicine or physical therapy. In addition to soccer, Mia plays lacrosse in the spring and skis in the winter. We wish her the best of luck in achieving all of her team and individual goals as the year progresses.